24 year old, Chicago based artist Onna Deshae has recently released her latest album, “Intro to the Pearl Bible”. Described as a journey, she uses this album to tell her story about being a woman in today’s society and living through the unprecedented times of a pandemic.
Deshae only began releasing music this year, but she has been making music and writing since she was a little girl. “When I was younger, my grandma would always have me write in a journal or diary. At some point I went from doing day-to-day journaling to writing poems and music and that’s really where it all started for me.”
Much of the things that influenced Deshae came from everyday life, whether it was her own personal experiences, current events or things that she would see going on around her. The same went for music. “I get inspired by all kinds of things. I am a fan of all different types of music and I draw a lot from current events and things that have happened in the past. I have a very diverse sound and it changes based on my mood and what is going on around me.”
Deshae’s album is a great example of her versatility as a musician, with each track bringing its out feel to the table. “The album is like a journal. I was really inspired by my grandma pushing me to write everyday and keep track of that day-to-day life, so this album does something very similar. It allowed me to dive into what it is like being a woman in 2020 and what’s going on in my life right now. I’ve got a lot of songs on this album that connect with myself and I feel like they have the potential to connect with a lot of other individuals in the world. Some of it is about the pandemic and how I feel as an artist going through that.”
“Intro to The Pearl Bible” is named after the hardships that Deshae and women in general have had to go through in recent times. The name reflects the strength that women have as they make it through the pressures of the world and come out of it even better than before. “When you look at the way that a pearl is actually made, you realize that it has to go through a process where something grimy, dirty or even toxic gets locked into this shell and goes through all of this pressure and turmoil to come out as this beautiful, strong thing. I think that is something that a lot of women in today’s world can relate to. It is like the ultimate symbol for strength and femininity.”
Deshae’s main goal as a musician is to make music that helps others as much as it helps her. “I’m not trying to take over the world. I just want to share my music and give people access to my message. I know that I have something that can help people and that is what I want to do.”
Onna Deshae has more music and more of her story to share, so keep up with her as she continues to grow as an artist. You can check out her music and social media via the link below.